Monday, April 4, 2016

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by Cheryl Merrick

Given approval for being
     “sweet and caring”
I filled my life with affectionate expressions,
     while closely hiding my
     “undesirable” traits.

As the years pass,
      I come to see myself as
     weak and incompetent,
til, finally,
     worn from repeated failures
     of trying to be this “loving person”,
I relinquish this dream.

Grasping reality,
     I discover
     my true self,
     warm and caring,
but also a strong leader,
     a capable organizer,
     an adept problem solver,
     a natural teacher,
and a poet.

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